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New Solo: A Star Wars Story TV Spot Highlights Jon Favreau’s Character

Jon Favreau likes his bread buttered on both sides. He manages to juggle being a sought after character actor, most famously playing Tony Stark’s bodyguard buddy Happy Hogan, and being a top-flight director. He introduced us to the McU in 2008’s Iron Man and recently had a critical and financial smash hit with the live-action The Jungle Book, which he’s soon to follow up with an all-star remake of The Lion King.

And we haven’t even mentioned that he’s also going to be helming the first ever Star Wars live-action TV series for Lucasfilm and Disney. Yes, there’s a lot on the man’s plate, but it seems he has room to squeeze in one more project as well, taking a bit of test drive in that galaxy far, far away ahead of his television project with a cameo role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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Hans Zimmer to Receive Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala

Hans Zimmer to Receive Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna Gala
Composer Hans Zimmer will receive the 2018 Max Steiner Award at the annual Hollywood in Vienna concert gala. The event is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Konzerthaus in the Austrian capital, Hollywood in Vienna founder and CEO Sandra Tomek announced.

“Hans Zimmer has had a close connection to Vienna for some time now,” Tomek said, citing such recent recording projects as “The Crown,” “Blue Planet II” and “Inferno,” all recorded at Vienna’s new Synchron Stage. “For a city so rich in music history, it is only fitting to give this award, named after the great Max Steiner, to this exceptional and multi-talented composer.”

Zimmer is an 11-time Oscar nominee, most recently for “Dunkirk.” He won the Academy Award for best original score in 1994 for “The Lion King.” He is also a three-time Grammy winner and two-time Golden Globe winner.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Max Steiner Award for Film Music Achievement,
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Elton John Biopic Rocketman Is Officially Happening at Paramount

Elton John Biopic Rocketman Is Officially Happening at Paramount
It's now official, Taron Egerton will play Elton John in the upcoming biopic entitled Rocketman. Paramount announced today that they have officially green-lit the project, which will be directed by Dexter Fletcher from a screenplay written by Lee Hall. The biopic is said to be an "unvarnished" look at the life and career of the Elton John, which will show him as a young piano prodigy all the way to superstardom and overcoming addiction later in life. Rocketman has Elton John and his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish producing the film along with Matthew Vaughn.

The Kingsman actor Taron Egerton has not been shy about his desire to play Elton John in Rocketman. The actor went into Abbey Road Studios in England earlier this year to record some vocals on some of Elton John's biggest songs and the results reportedly shocked everybody involved in the project. Egerton was given strict
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Kids Now Casting: ‘The Lion King’ Broadway and Touring Productions Need Their Young Simba and Nala

Find your place on the path unwinding and make your Broadway debut in the long-running hit musical “The Lion King.” Based on the Disney film of the same name, “The Lion King” is now seeking its young Simba and Nala to join its ongoing Broadway and Rafiki tour productions. Child actors, aged 9–12, are currently sought to play the lion cubs Simba and Nala. Talent must be between 50”–58” in height and be able to sing, dance, and act. Children of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, and no prior performance experience is necessary. There will be an open casting call on April 21 in New York City. Tours are ongoing, and actors will be paid $2,034 per week under an Equity Production (Disney) Contract. If you just can’t wait to be king, apply directly at Backstage now here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions!
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Maleficent 2 Adds Deadpool’s Ed Skrein As Its Villain

Loosely based on Walt Disney’s 1959 animated feature, Sleeping Beauty, and considered a spinoff of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Maleficent, although not as successful with critics, went on to earn a magical $758.5 million at the box office, making a sequel to the 2014 dark fantasy a foregone conclusion.

Later this year, the pic is scheduled to begin production and Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning will be reprising their roles, ready to do battle with an all-new villain. And, as it turns out, that antagonist will be a familiar face for fans of Marvel’s foul-mouthed merc.

That’s because Variety has learned this week that Deadpool actor Ed Skrein is in final negotiations to join Disney’s Maleficent sequel as the flick’s big bad. Details regarding Skrein’s role are scarce at the moment, but we do know that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales helmer Joachim Ronning will direct.
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Animation is Role Model for Chinese Co-Production, Beijing Festival is Told

Animation is tipped by leading executives as the most fertile sector for cross-border cooperation between China and overseas film industries.

International co-production is a perennial discussion at every film festival in China or any market espousing a significant China connection. The Beijing International Film Festival, which kicked off on Sunday night, made co-production the theme of its showcase panel discussion on Monday, the event’s first full day of business. Speakers included Steven O’Dell, president of theatrical distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, James Wang Zhonglei CEO of Huayi Brothers, U.S. director Rob Minkoff and Beijing-based Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2”).

O’Dell said that animation is one of just a handful of strategies that can lead to global success. “Animation is able to cross language barriers,” O’Dell said.

Sony has an existing local-language production strategy. O’Dell said that its decentralized executives involved in the program are
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Donald Glover to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ Next Month

Donald Glover to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ Next Month
With season 2 of “Atlanta” in full swing and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” coming out next month, Donald Glover will make his hosting debut on “Saturday Night Live” on May 5, the show announced early Sunday.

The actor-writer-director will also perform as the show’s musical guest in the guise of his Grammy-winning rapper alter-ego, Childish Gambino.

This marks Glover’s return to NBC after previously serving as a writer and guest star on the network’s hit comedy “30 Rock” as well as starring in the cult hit sitcom “Community.”

Mark your calendars! May 5!!!! #SNL

- Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 15, 2018

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Glover left “Community” midway through the show’s fifth season in 2013, citing a need for more independent projects. This led to his own series, “Atlanta,” on FX, a comedy that has already won him two Emmys and two Golden Globes.

Glover’s musical performance on “SNL” will be one of his final big performances as Childish Gambino, as he revealed at last year’s Governors Ball Festival in New York that he will be retiring from hip-hop after one more album. His 2016 album “Awaken, My Love!” went gold in America and earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

Glover will play the famed smuggler Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” which will reveal how the future head of Cloud City first met Han Solo. Glover will also play Simba in the 2019 live-action remake of “The Lion King.”

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"Saturday Night Live" Books Donald Glover as Host and Musical Guest

Donald Glover will appear as both host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” May 5. This marks the first time Glover will appear on the show in either capacity.

“SNL” made the announcement about Glover with a title card during the April 14 episode that saw John Mulaney as host.

Glover, who created and stars in FX comedy “Atlanta,” is also a rapper by the name of Childish Gambino. He previously worked for NBC when he wrote on Tina Fey’s sketch-show set comedy “30 Rock” and starred on Dan Harmon’s collegiate-set comedy “Community.” Glover will also soon appear as
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Pharrell Williams Was Bummed by Seth Rogen's Singing in The Lion King

Pharrell Williams Was Bummed by Seth Rogen's Singing in The Lion King
Seth Rogen portrays Pumba in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King and admitted that his singing voice is really bad. The actor/comedian revealed that his singing was so bad that his coach, producer Pharrell Williams, became increasingly frustrated with his lack of ability while trying to squeeze some decent notes out of him. In turn, Williams' frustration turned into stress for Rogen, who seems like he may have been intimidated by having such a professional, well-known vocal coach.

In a new interview, Seth Rogen discussed his upcoming role in the live-action remake of The Lion King and talked about the difficulty that he had trying to sing on key under the watch of mega producer Pharrell Williams. Rogen admits that he's not a great singer, so Disney brought in Williams to help out with the Pumba performances. Rogen likened it to bringing Evel Knievel to teach
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Paul Bettany Reveals Too Much About Vision and Scarlet Witch's Love Life

The debate about Marvel superheroes and their genitals continues in a new interview where Paul Bettany was asked about Vision's anatomy. Last week it was Spider-Man and his lack of a package in the new character posters for Avengers: Infinity War and before that, it was a focus on the backsides of Captain America and Bucky. Now, the question has been floated to Paul Bettany while sitting beside Elizabeth Olsen about the genitals of Vision and how it all works.

In the video of the interview, you can see the interviewer thinking about going there right when Paul Bettany starts talking about love in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Infinity War. And then he does it. He asks Bettany about Vision's genitals and how that works since he's pretty much a sentient robot. To Bettany's credit, he barely skips a beat after laughing at the question. He had this to say.
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The Rock's Fast and Furious Spin-Off Confirms John Wick Director

The Rock's Fast and Furious Spin-Off Confirms John Wick Director
Universal's Fast and Furious Spin-Off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham now officially has a director. We reported in February that Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch had been eyed to take the helm, and now he's been confirmed, with the official Fast & Furious Twitter channel welcoming him to the family. With production reportedly slated to begin this fall, it seems everything is coming into place for this currently untitled action thriller.

While promoting Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle last month, Dwayne Johnson teased that there will be a lot of surprises in store for fans in this spin-off. No official story details have been released at this time, but there was originally set to be a post-credit scene at the end of last year's The Fate of the Furious, which featured Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, which was intended to set up this spin-off.
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Cheech Was Almost Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie

Cheech Was Almost Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie
Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their iconic Up in Smoke movie and took time to discuss roles that they passed on over the years. Marin admitted that he was approached to join the cast of the Super Mario Bros. movie as the titular character alongside John Leguizamo's Luigi, but he luckily turned it down. The big screen adaptation of Mario and Luigi was a huge mess and has little or nothing to do with the legendary Nintendo game that it is based off of. Many have called it the worst movie ever made. Not to mention that the character is inherently Italian and Cheech has made his career off playing a very stoned Mexican-American from East L.A.

Tommy Chong was taken aback to know that his partner, Cheech Marin, had been approached to play Mario and couldn't believe that he turned it down.
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Donnie Yen Joins the Cast of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’

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Donnie Yen Joins the Cast of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Action Star Donnie Yen (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) has joined the cast of Disney’s live-action “Mulan,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Yen will play Commander Tung in remake of 1998 Disney animated film.

Niki Caro is directing the film, which stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei in the title role. Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing, and Bill Kong is executive producing.

Also Read: 'Mulan' Fans Thank Disney for Not Whitewashing Live-Action Movie by Casting of Chinese Star

Disney’s live-action version of the classic Disney tale comes on the heels of various revival projects like “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast,” both of which grossed over $1 billion worldwide. “Beauty and the Beast” grossed $174.8 million its opening weekend alone. A remake of “The Lion King” is one of many upcoming live-action projects.

The animated “Mulan,” released in 1998, was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. It grossed $304.3 million worldwide after earning $22.7 million its opening weekend.

Yen was the martial arts choreographer for 2000’s “Highlander: Endgame” and 2002’s “Blade II,” appearing in both of those films as an actor, as well. He also starred opposite Jackie Chan in 2003’s “Shanghai Knights.”

Also Read: Ex-Disney Star Joins White House Press Team

Yen made his movie debut in the 1984 Hong Kong film “Drunken Tai Chi” and came to wider attention with his portrayal of Nap-lan Yun-seut in 1992’s “Once Upon a Time in China II.” His international breakthrough came playing the title character in 2008’s “Ip Man,” based on Wing Chun grandmaster — and Bruce Lee’s teacher — Yip Man. He reprised that role in 2010’s “Ip Man 2” and last year’s “Ip Man 3,” where Yen starred opposite boxing legend Mike Tyson – and accidentally broke the champ’s finger during a fight scene.

Yen is repped by CAA, Bullet Films, and Bloom Hergott.

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Schiffer Publishing to Release Fraver By Design: Five Decades of Theatre Poster Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond

Schiffer Publishing will release Fraver By Design Five Decades of Theatre Post Art from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond by Frank 'Fraver' Verlizzo on May 28, 2018. The Drama Desk Award-winning artwork of Frank 'Fraver' Verlizzo includes over 250 of his theatre poster designs from Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and international productions. Graphic designer Frank Verlizzo, known professionally as Fraver, takes you behind the scenes for a glimpse into the world of theatrical advertising and poster design. He created the logo designs for hundreds of theatrical productions from The Lion King to Agatha Christie'sThe Mousetrap. Over 20 of Fraver's poster designs for the works of theatre legend Stephen Sondheim are spotlighted including Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Getting Away With Murder, and the landmark 2002 Sondheim Celebration. His posters encompass those created for Rodgers amp Hammerstein, The Kennedy Center, and New York City Center's Encores series. Fraver by Design also features an additional
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Jon Favreau Shares New Details About His Solo: A Star Wars Story Character

You might have heard that actor/director Jon Favreau has signed up to helm the first ever Star Wars live-action TV series for Lucasfilm and Disney. Before that arrives, though, he’ll get a test drive in that galaxy far, far away with a cameo role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Iron Man actor previously pointed out that he’ll be playing a four-armed monkey-like alien in the upcoming prequel, a character who was first glanced in action in the film’s teaser trailer.

Now, Favreau has shared a piece of merchandise featuring the creature, which finally gives us a name to work with. The filmmaker took to his Twitter account to post a photo of a new Hot Wheels toy based on Solo which unveils the monkey alien’s name as Rio Durant. The vehicle he’s driving, meanwhile, is an Imperial At-Hauler. This was seen flying
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Video Shows Just How Much Disney Ripped Off “Kimba” To Make “The Lion King”

Disney has been known to take a lot from fairy tales and other sources to create their famous films, but with Kimba it almost seems that The Lion King pulled a major ripoff of the movie in the way they formed the characters and the world. The Disney animators of course don’t admit that they did in fact rip off the Japanese TV series at all, citing that they knew nothing about the series until they’d already released the film. Plus the fact that The Lion King received more attention worldwide than Kimba ever did failed to really help Kimba’s

Video Shows Just How Much Disney Ripped Off “Kimba” To Make “The Lion King
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10 Hidden Messages In Disney Songs

Everyone has a favorite Disney movie and a favorite Disney song. Whether it’s songs from “Tangled,” “Into the Woods,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Descendants,” or even “High School Musical.” There are catchy upbeat songs that manage to stay in our heads all day. But the best thing about popular Disney songs is that they come with plenty of subliminal messages and metaphors you might never realize. Even “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” come with hidden messages in songs! You were probably singing this from the top of your lungs, but do you know the metaphors these Disney songs have? These are the 10 hidden messages in Disney songs!
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Wonder Woman 2, Venom, The Lion King and First Man to feature IMAX sequences

Marvel Studios will make history this month when Avengers: Infinity War becomes the first movie to be shot entirely in IMAX, and it looks as though we’ll be seeing plenty of filmmakers employing the format over the coming years.

According to IMAX CEO Greg Foster, Ruben Fleischer has made use of the expanded aspect ratio for parts of Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man spinoff Venom, while Patty JenkinsWonder Woman 2, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King and Damien Chazelle’s First Man will all be using IMAX cameras for certain sequences.

“A key effort is the use of IMAX cameras and expanded aspect ratio, specially formatted, if you will, for IMAX releases,” said Foster (via MSN). “Our best example of this is anything related to Chris Nolan, who has perfected this strategy for both his films and our benefit. On that front, we’ve seen many in the next
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Video Shows Just How Much Disney Ripped Off Kimba To Make The Lion King

The accusation that Disney lifted most of its ideas for The Lion King from the Japanese film Kimba has been out there for quite a while, but one can't really fully appreciate how much Disney copied without seeing the evidence side by side. I'm not all that mad they did it, mind you, and I 100% agree The Lion King is a far better execution of the idea, but it is crazy to see how Disney seemingly straight up lifted a film premise from the Japanese and made a boat-load of money doing so. Check out the evidence yourself in the video below, and give us your verdict on whether or not you think Disney stole from Japan:
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The Grudge Reboot Slithers Into Theaters Next Summer

We know what you’ll be doing next summer.

Sure, most moviegoers will be flocking to see the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, The Lion King and The Terminator in their droves, but for horror fans, 2019 will herald the frankly unmissable reboot of The Grudge, the Japanese cult classic that initially made the journey West in 2004.

It spawned two sequels of its own, though Hollywood’s Grudge series soon began to suffer from a case of diminishing returns. A back-to-basics reboot was in order, then, and sure enough, Ghost House Pictures has slated its rendition of The Grudge for a release on August 16th, 2019. So like we said, we know what you’ll be doing next summer: cowering beneath the cinema seat in front of you as the ancient cinematic curse begins to take hold.

Pitched as a reimagining of sorts, we understand Nicolas Pesce is directing from his own script,
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